Welcome to “Layer 3” of my dining room makeover!
I’ve been planning to paint my vintage Chinese chippendale chairs since I first got my hands on them right before Christmas, but I was a little daunted by the prospect of painting all that faux bamboo detailing. Can you say “spray paint trigger finger”? Ouch!
I have a SUPER detailed review/tutorial RIGHT HERE, never fear!
I’ll let the “after” photos speak for themselves today!
You guys might remember that I’ve been waffling between black chairs and white chairs for months – even as recently as two weeks ago, I hadn’t firmly made up my mind, although I was leaning towards black. Well, I’m so glad I went with black!
It’s just perfect with the leopard velvet fabric (Braemore Jamil Natural)…
Oh how I love that fabric!
I fell in love with the Scalamandre Leopardo velvet fabric (a mere $275/yard here on eBay) but – and this may be a huge surprise to you – I didn’t have $825 to spend on fabric. The Braemore Jamil fabric is a perfect substitute and I saved over $700.
(That’s how we look at it, right? If you buy the thrifty version instead of the extremely expensive one, you get to claim that you “saved” the difference…)
In other words, I spend less than $100 including shipping. Which is a huge splurge for me, fabric wise. But absolutely 100% undeniably and indubitably worth it, in my book.
Plus, and most importantly, this fabric is cat-tested and cat-approved.
Since there are already so many great chair recovering tutorials on the web, I won’t try to cover that here.
Suffice it say, this was not my first chair-covering rodeo (more like… sixth? Or seventh? I’ve lost count!) but it was every bit as frustrating as the others due to the inadequacies of electric staplers.
I actually got so fed up with the electric stapler that I switched to my hand-held one – and I have the bruised palms to show for it! (Stapler-hand-itis: a very real affliction that affects millions dozen of DIYers.)
One of these days, I’m going to get my hands on an air compressor and pneumatic upholstery stapler, which apparently are the real tools for the job. My two cents: if you’re considering investing in an (entry-level) electric staple gun, I’d recommend saving your money.
Still, bruised palm and all, I think it was worth it:
What you do you think of Layer 3? Were you team-black for the chairs or team-white?
Hop right over here for my step-by-step paint sprayer tutorial and review – I can’t wait to share my new-found knowledge with you guys! A huge thanks to HomeRight for making this post possible!
Disclosure: HomeRight provided me with their Finish Max paint sprayer to review, but all the opinions and words in this post are my own! I had already heard great things about the Finish Max paint sprayer, so I am beyond excited that HomeRight partnered with me on this project! I’m committed to only sharing products I really truly love (you can read my full blogging disclosure here), and this one fit the bill perfectly 🙂